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Sweet Remembrance is Now Available!

Everyone loves when a cover reveal is painfully drawn out, right?

When the author just goes on and on about NOTHING when you're waiting to see the cover ...

 and shares crazy nieces/sister selfies like this instead:

And you're all like: "Seriously, Emily. Just show us the cover!"

And I'm like: "Nah. Let's talk about Band of Brothers instead." (ALL DEM FEELZ, MAN.)

Psssh I'm too tired to think of ways to drag this out any longer.

Soooooo ...

... here it is.

Voila! The cover for Sweet Remembrance: The Little Match Girl Retelling

In the despair of the Warsaw Ghetto, a young Jewish woman fights the Nazis with the only thing she has left—her memories.

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"Poignant and realistic. That is what describes the story of the girl with matches in Sweet Remembrance. As an amateur historian, lover of WWII history, and historical reenactor, I especially enjoyed this story. It is a story of a war-torn country, and of families under Nazi occupation. The author doesn't mask the sadness or the realness—and it reads like many of the true stories I've been told of the hard life during the war. Stories where agony and separation called forth little unexpected deeds of kindness, nobleness and generosity. Where beauty abounded in the midst of ashes and devastation." — Annie

Please let me know what you think of Sweet Remembrance by leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads



Sweet Remembrance eBook News!

February is shaping up into a pretty eventful book month. Wednesday the 22nd is the one year anniversary of Resist (whaaat?!) and I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing Sweet Remembrance as a stand-alone ebook on February 16th which is less than a week away!

If you'd like to help with Sweet Remembrance's release, please fill out the form below and I'll send you the cover + all the information to post.

Josh | 502nd PIR and 5th Rangers

1. Why did you choose your impression?
I have always been interested in WWII, with a specific interest on the Normandy invasion. I will admit that video games and movies helped to keep that interest going and eventually push me out of hiding and into the reenacting world. I started with the 5th Rangers impression and then once complete I started the 101st Airborne impression. I may expand on both to include the option of medic as well as infantry.

2. Can you tell us about your reenacting gear?
I currently have 2 impressions: 101st Airborne 502nd PIR and 5th Rangers. Nearly all items are original and found on ebay.com. The rest are through reproduction websites such as atthefront.com and onlinemilitaria.net. I looked every day on ebay for items and enjoyed the “scavenger hunt” of finding exactly what I wanted. I also enjoy researching as I am a “gear head”.

( Kent State Aviation Fair as 101st/ 502nd in front of a DC-3/C-47.)
3. What's your favorite part of reenacting? 
The people. Sharing info with the public to keep the history alive as well as the sacrifices made by those who served. Also, making great friends and connections with other people like myself is really cool. You make a lot of friendships and build comradery with others while reenacting.  

(This was at Conneaut on the beach with one of the tanks as 101st/502nd PIR)

4. What group do you reenact with?
I reenact with the 5th Rangers D company (www.dco44.com) and the 101st , 502nd B Company (http://www.airbornereenactors.org), as well as the 101st 502nd, I Company. All are always recruiting.   

(This was on the C-47 “Ruptured Duck” during filming of an upcoming fundraising film for “Beach City Baby”
With 101st/ 502nd Airborne.)

5. What have you learned from reenacting?
The biggest thing, while reenacting, is how physically challenging it is. The biggest event for me each year, www.ddayohio.us , will test you during the beach battle. High 80 degree temps, wearing 3 layers of clothes, carrying a 10 lb rifle and 30 to 40 lbs of gear, and sinking through the 250 yards of sandy beach all the way will wear you down quickly. You need to be in decent physical shape and stay hydrated. Otherwise, you will have ups and downs just like anything else. But overall it is something to be proud of.  

6. Who's your favorite WWII hero?

Gen. Norman "Dutch" Cota from the 5th Rangers (first said “Rangers Lead the Way!”) Major Richard Davis "Dick" Winters from 101st Airborne, 506th, Easy Company.

(This is from Conneaut on the embarkation area of the beach as 5th Ranger.)
7. What advice would you give to newbie reenactors?
First, if what you want to portray is important to you, find a group that will be able to accommodate you. If you do not care what group you are in, do research and introduce yourself to groups (ex. What are shown on http://www.ddayohio.us/reenactors.htm) . After you have found a group that you believe you will fit in with, ask them what gear you need to start your impression. Get the basics first, then work on fine-tuning it if desired. The groups you belong to are your best resource. Also, be accurate on gear, but don’t be too anal about it. Have fun and enjoy the hobby and pay it forward by helping to teach the public and inspire others to join!


If you're a WWII reenactor and would like to be featured on Taking Dictation, email me at: authoremilyannputzke@gmail.com

Mail Call!

I'm putting together an article about two of my WWII veteran friends for the newspaper and the WWII museum where I volunteer. Joe Leo (see his interview HERE) was a waist gunner on a B-17. His friend, Dieter, was a flak helper in the Luftwaffe. It was so cool to see former enemies sitting side-by-side as they shared their stories! I called Dieter last week to see if he had any photos of himself during the war that we could use in the article. Well, look what came in the mail this week! These are original photographs! I love getting mail, especially from WWII vets. =)

My sister and I with Joe and Dieter. I'll be sharing the article about these two soldiers very soon! 


"Will I Have the Courage?"

Warren "Skip" Muck at Camp Toccoa, GA
The nephew of an Easy Company paratrooper once asked Stephen Ambrose's theory on why he (the nephew) was so passionate about researching his deceased uncle's life. For anyone dedicated to researching WWII history, we ask ourselves the same thing. I just love Ambrose's response: 

 "All men ultimately want to know two things—'To whom do I owe thanks that I should live in such opportunity?' And, 'Will I have the courage when the time comes?'"
 —Stephen Ambrose 

One of the (many) books I'm reading right now is A Company of Heroes by Marcus Brotherton. (I grabbed the book because of the chapter on Skip Muck ... let's be honest here.) I really liked what Marcus Brotherton wrote in light of Ambrose's response, so I thought I'd share some excerpts. 

Answering Ambrose's questions can be difficult. Few of us today actually jump out of airplanes into combat, or undertake any of the large-scale events that traditionally produce heroes. Sometimes the questions only tick quietly in the back of our minds. We need to strain to hear their subtleties. 

My niece at the Currahee Military Museum
...We continually look to WWII for clues to the potential for our own heroics. We want to know if we've got the right stuff. We hope to live authentic lives that amount to something purposeful, and we're searching for examples that show us the way ... Hero is a concept that beckons us. Most of us today, if we are not military personnel or third world humanitarians, will never fight in conditions anywhere close to the terror of Bastonge. Still, we face battles that we hope matter. We take actions that we hope have significance.

Ambrose's questions mean most for us today when we remember that the soldiers who fought in battlefields of Normandy, Holland, and Bastonge, indeed gave much. And they gave it for a reason—so that we could live for what matters. The liberty that the Band of Brothers fought for was not a freedom to do whatever we want whenever we want, but rather a freedom from tyranny, a freedom of self-determination, a freedom to make something of our lives. 

The men of Easy Company were everyday guys, kids like those we grew up with, yet they reached beyond themselves and way beyond their home turf. Because they were ordinary men who chose to live extraordinarily, their examples inspire us to make deliberate decisions for right action. They invite us to be courageous in our own commitments, to provide security for our families, to be noble in our careers and communities, and to be engaged on a global front. 



They Have a Story | January Edition

It's time for the January edition of They Have a Story!

What is They Have a Story? It's a monthly historical fiction link up hosted by yours truly. Once a month I'll post a historical picture. Your job (and mine ... I'm totally doing this!) is to write a short story inspired by it. It can be as short or as long as you like. Have fun with it! Post the monthly picture, your story, and blog button on your blog, then link up. Let’s see how many different stories we can get from the same picture! 

Happy writing! 



1. I had my first author appearance at a local book club on Wednesday night! All the ladies were super sweet and I had a really fun time answering their questions and listen to them discuss Resist! Sometimes I forget that people are, you know, reading my books. =)

2. A lot of people have been asking me what I'm writing next. The truth is, nothing at the moment. But that will change very soon, and it will be another WWII novel. (You're all super surprised, right?) 

3. I have three Airborne reenactor interviews coming your way in 2017. "I am the trooper of the sky! I am my Nation's best! In peace and war I never fail. Anywhere, anytime, in anything, I am Airborne!" 

4. Currently reading: A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz, In the Words of Those Who Knew Him

5. Emily Chapman recently told me about the movie Denial because she very rightly assumed that it was my kind of movie. It's based on the book: History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. You should watch it if you get a chance, especially since Holocaust Remembrance Day is next week. This film is so well done. 


6. They Have a Story .... it will be back! Keep an eye out!

7.  Yesterday I walked past two Amish guys who were racing their shopping carts down an aisle in Walmart. So if that doesn't make a person smile, I don't know what does. =)

What have you all been reading, writing, and watching?